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Chayse Van Velkinburgh, in younger days. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Now sporting pink hair, Chayse is a two-sport star, tearing up the basketball hardwood and the soccer pitch. (Photo courtesy Dustin Van Velkinburgh)

Chayse Van Velkinburgh didn’t spend too much time sitting on the couch this weekend.

The Coupeville Elementary School fifth grader delivered strong performances in two sports while bouncing between different towns.

When he was in Redmond, Van Velkinburgh played in a state soccer cup game, bashing several shots on goal while leading the rampage on offense.

Take him off the pitch, and rush him back to Mount Vernon, and he played in four basketball games at the Tulip Days Tournament.

Van Velkinburgh poured in 55 points, including 17 against Lummi Island in the day’s final matchup, helping spark his team to the 5th grade title.

Most of his team’s games were actually against 6th grade squads, as they played up after several 5th grade teams dropped out of the tourney.

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South Whidbey and Oak Harbor wage war on the windswept soccer pitch. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Your mileage may vary.

If you care about soccer, or what’s going on athletically at Oak Harbor or South Whidbey High School, the pics above and below may catch your interest.

They were snapped by wanderin’ photographer John Fisken during a windy Saturday, as the host Wildcats rode the weather to storm from behind for a 5-1 win on the pitch.

To see everything he shot, and possibly purchase some glossies for the cousins over in Rancho Cucamonga, pop over to:


Oak Harbor:



South Whidbey:



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Coupeville senior booter Xavier Murdy was tabbed as a First-Team All-Conference pick. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They think we’re classy.

Northwest 2B/1B League boys soccer coaches honored Coupeville High School with the team sportsmanship award when All-Conference teams were announced Monday.

It was one of two honors earned by the Wolves, as senior midfielder Xavier Murdy was also named as a First-Team All-League pick.

Tommy Anderson of Orcas Island and Jeffrey Evans of Providence Classical Christian shared league MVP, while Terry Turner was tabbed as Coach of the Year after leading Orcas to the state title.


First-Team All-League:

Tommy Anderson – Junior – Midfielder – Orcas Island
Jackson Baron – Senior – Goalie – Providence Classical Christian
Jeffrey Evans – Senior – Midfielder – PCC
Reuben Hall – Sophomore – Midfielder – Mount Vernon Christian
William Ibarra-Garcia – Senior – Midfielder – Orcas Island
Cadence Kraayveld – Forward – Orcas Island
Diego Lago – Junior – Defender – Orcas Island
Keith Larkin – Senior – Defender – PCC
Xavier Murdy – Senior – Midfielder – Coupeville
Luke Totten – Junior – Goalie – Friday Harbor
Mason Wilson – Senior – Forward – La Conner


Second-Team All-League:

Austin Birkhofer – Junior – Forward – Grace Academy
Colby Border – Junior – Midfielder – Friday Harbor
Alex Bravo – Freshman – Forward – PCC
Erik Corbin – Junior – Defender – Friday Harbor
Colby Faber – Junior – Defender – MVC
Nicholas Lenhardt – Senior – Midfielder – Grace Academy
Andrew Letsche – Junior – Midfielder – PCC
Julian Pedrosa – Senior – Forward – MVC
Ethan Smith – Senior – Defender – PCC
Toby Smith – Senior – Defender – Orcas Island
Paxton White – Junior – Goalie – Orcas Island


Honorable Mention:

Malachi Cary – Junior – Forward – Lopez Island
Ben Rozema – Junior – Midfielder – MVC

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Coupeville’s Alex Murdy is pursued by a pair of Orcas Island players during an early-season game. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Our league is #1.

Coupeville’s second season of playing boys soccer in the Northwest 2B/1B League ended with a conference rival winning the state title.

Orcas Island topped Providence Classical Christian 2-1 Saturday night in Sumner, with the game decided in a 4-3 shootout.

The victory, coming in an all-NWL final, gives the Viking booters the first team state title in program history, and the second in school history.

Orcas previously won a girls soccer state title in 2009.

This version of Vikings soccer finished 18-2, beating PCC three times in four meetings.

The two teams split games during the regular season, before Orcas came out on top 1-0 in the district tourney title game.

Saturday’s finale was knotted 1-1 at the end of regulation, then went through scoreless overtime to end in that most-beloved, or most-loathed, of events — “kicks from the mark.”

Orcas goalie Paxton White came up huge, deflecting a PCC ball away from his net on the first shot, before watching a second try go wide left.

The Vikings nailed their first three kicks, with Tommy Anderson-Cleveland, William Ibarra, and Diego Lago finding the back of the net, and seemed to be running away with things, up 3-1.

But there was some drama left, as PCC rallied to net back-to-back kicks, while blocking an Orcas try, pushing things to 3-3 headed into the 10th, and potentially final, attempt.

The ball was on Pedro Guerra’s foot, and the Orcas junior was golden, flicking the title-winning shot past a flailing PCC netminder.

That capped the fifth trip to state for the Vikings booters, whose best previous finish was 2nd place in 2018.

The NWL, which has nine teams for boys soccer — picking up outsiders PCC, Grace Academy, Cedar Park Christian-Lynnwood, and Lopez Island — claimed three of four team awards at the 2B/1B state tourney.

Friday Harbor earned 4th place, falling 2-0 to Crosspoint Academy Saturday afternoon.

Overall, NWL schools brought home two team state titles this fall, with La Conner volleyball also winning a third-straight 2B crown.

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Coupeville’s Miguel Puente battles for control of the ball with a Providence Classical Christian player. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

So, you’re saying we have a chance?

Coupeville’s conference, the Northwest 2B/1B League, has a pretty good shot at collecting a second team state title this fall.

The 2B volleyball crown is already in the bag, thanks to La Conner claiming a third-straight championship after going 22-0 this season.

That run included three wins over Coupeville, which finished second in the seven-team NWL.

Now, three of the final four teams standing in the race for the 1B/2B boys soccer title are Wolf league rivals.

Orcas Island, Friday Harbor, and Providence Classical Christian, which joins the NWL for pitch action, are in the state semifinals after wins this weekend.

The only non-NWL team with a shot at the title is Crosspoint, which nipped Mount Vernon Christian 1-0 Saturday in a quarterfinal battle.

Orcas thumped Puget Sound Adventist 5-0, Friday Harbor squeaked by Prescott 3-2, and PCC drilled Upper Columbia Academy 3-0 to get to where they are.

The semifinals, which go down in Sumner next Friday, Nov. 19, pits PCC against Crosspoint, while NWL rivals Orcas and Friday Harbor face off.

The title game and 3rd/4th clash are both the next day.

The Orcas vs Friday Harbor semifinal will be the rubber match in that series, as the teams split during the regular season, with both games decided by a single goal.

The Vikings won the season opener 1-0, before Friday Harbor rebounded for a 2-1 victory midway through the campaign.

If PCC makes it to the championship game, the Highlanders will either face a team they swept (1-0 and 3-0 wins against Friday Harbor) or the only program to hand them a loss this season.

Orcas beat PCC 2-0 early in the season, fell 4-1 to the same team in mid-October, then rebounded to win 1-0 in the district championship game.

Coupeville, which finished sixth among the nine NWL schools to play boys soccer, went a combined 0-6 against the semifinal-bound squads, but came very close to upending Friday Harbor twice.


Girls soccer teams done:

It didn’t go quite as well for NWL girls pitch squads, as both Friday Harbor and Mount Vernon Christian were eliminated by the same school.

Toledo nipped the Wolverines 1-0 in the opening round of the 1B/2B state tourney, then pulled together a stunning comeback to eliminate the Hurricanes 3-2 in the quarterfinals.

The Riverhawks trailed 2-0 late in the second half, before rallying to net the game-tying score in stoppage time — that Twilight Zone period where the stadium clock clicks off reading 2:00, and only the ref has a clue of how much time is left.

The eventual game-winner came in the second overtime, eliminating any chance a NWL team would win a girls soccer state title this go-round.

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